A few years ago I purchased this book. It's full of wonderful old sewing accessories. I have to admit to drooling over many of the beautifully crafted pincushions and threadholders.
Now I have a little wish list in my head of bits and pieces that one day I'd like to own. There is no urgency to completing this list and over time items drop off and others are added as my tastes change.
Last Saturday I arrived at quilting and sat with Vickii and also most immediately noticed the thread holder. Vickii didn't want it anymore and said I could have it. How lucky am I!
It is perfect for displaying these old threads which belonged to my Aunty Ivy. Many years ago, my parents arrived home with a suitcase full of treasure - lace, trim, buttons, beads, buckles, tins, old boxes and pieces of fabric.
Only then did I realise my Aunt must have sewed. As a teenager I'd never stopped to consider how my Aunt earned an income. All I remember is each year we made a long trip to her house to collect Nana, her sister, to bring Nana home.
Much of the lace and trim is still on the cards but this one is my favourite because it's never been opened. 36 yards of 'Latest Novelty Lion & Flag Haberdashery Known all Over for Excellence of Quality, Made in France'. I would love to know how she planned to use all these bits and pieces and can only imagine the beautiful outfits she must have created.
I feel very fortunate to be the custodian of these pieces.
When I designed this basket, needlecase, pincushion and embroidery scissors bag, it seemed only right to name it after my Aunt Ivy.
This is the new pattern cover I've been working on. I have one copy of this pattern to giveaway. To enter the draw, simply post a comment by Tuesday 16 September.